Paul’s Sub Shop

Ever since the 49 got re-routed near Metrotown, I’ve been passing by Paul’s Sub Shop. They are a small casual joint that, as the name suggests, specializes in sandwiches, although they do also serve up various breakfast/lunch items. I had their Bacon Double Cheese Steak and Super Sub to go.

6″ Bacon Double Cheese Steak ($10):


4/5
This contained bacon, cheese, and ribeye steak, along with mayonnaise and barbeque sauce. I did have this to go, and unfortunately, the bread did get a soggy from being wrapped in foil. That was okay though, for I do actually like softer bread over crispy. Although it didn’t really look very big, it was quite heavy and loaded with filling. The meats were tender and flavourful, and I really enjoyed the barbecue sauce, which provided a great sweetness to accompany the salty meats.

6″ Super Sub ($10):


4/5
This contained steak, salami, capocollo and mushrooms. The sandwiches were seriously over-stuffed: I actually had trouble eating it since I’ve got a smaller mouth. The meats were all very flavourful and savoury, without being overly salty. Again, the bread did get a little soggy from the trip home, but was still tasty and actually held up well to all the filling.

I quite enjoyed the sandwiches at Paul’s Sub Shop. The prices were a bit on the higher side, but I do think that they are good quality and worth the cost. The food did take a little while to prepare, but I really can’t complain too much since there was just one slightly older lady (who was quite friendly) running the shop when I visited. All in all, this is a place that’s worth a visit.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 3.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Bacon Double Cheese Steak, Super Sub
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BJ Bakery & Deli

I (fortunately) don’t own a bakery. Apart from the certainty of bankruptcy within a week, I wouldn’t be able to come up with a good name for the bakery. One name that I definitely would NOT pick however is BJ since it invokes dirty thoughts in my head and definitely not tasty European-style pastries and desserts. But then again, maybe it’s because I’m an immature pervert.

As you probably have already inferred by now, there is a shop named BJ Bakery & Deli. The latter is located in Burnaby, a few blocks from the Royal Park Skytrain station. They serve a pretty good selection of European-style food, including cakes and pastries, savoury items like lasagna and sausage rolls, and sandwiches and soups (including frozen varieties that you can take home). I had several of their cakes: Tuxedo Truffle, Vanilla Lemon Polish Cheesecake, Black Forest, and Tiramisu. They didn’t have prices listed for most of the cakes, so I don’t know the exact cost, but the total came to just over $16 (so around $4 each).

Vanilla Lemon Polish Cheesecake (around $4):


3.5/5
This was a bit different from the types of the NY style cheesecake; it’s drier/crumblier and I think it’s made with quark cheese (instead of cream cheese). It wasn’t overly sweet, and had a nice fragrance of lemon. I did find the cake to be a bit too dry for my taste however.

Tuxedo Truffle Cake (around $4):


4/5
This consisted of layers sponge cake sandwiching white, milk and dark chocolate mousse. The layers of cake were quite tender and moist, while the mousse was thick, creamy and luscious. It is on the sweeter side, so only get this if you can tolerate sweeter goods.

Black Forest Cake (around $4):


4/5
This contained layers of chocolate cake sandwiching cream and cherry preserves. The cake was very tender and moist. The cream was just luscious while the cherries were tart without being tasting artificial.

Tiramisu (around $4):


4/5
The cake was again very tender and moist. The cream was thick and luscious, and there was a great fragrance and slight bitterness from coffee. This may not be the “authentic” type (i.e. with lady fingers), but it is still definitely very tasty.

In spite of the name (I’m going to venture out on a limb that it’s actually the initials of the owner(s)) I really enjoyed my visit to BJ. The cakes were all tasty, and their prices are more than reasonable. This is a place that’s definitely worth a visit.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 4/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Cakes
BJ Bakery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Saint Germain Bakery (Metrotown)

I visit the Superstore in Metrotown quite frequently, and each time I do, I end up passing by St. Germaine. They are an Asian bakery with several locations throughout the Lower Mainland, with one being in Metrotown. I finally caved in and decided to check the place out recently. It was early when I went, and they still hadn’t put out about half of their goods, so the selection was a bit limited. I ended up getting their Curry Beef Turnover, BBQ Pork Roll, and Chicken Pie.

Curry Beef Turnover ($1.96):


3.5/5
The crust was quite flaky and savoury while the filling was fragrant, flavourful, and had a slight bit of heat/spice. I did find it to be a bit overly salty however.

BBQ Pork Roll ($1.96):


4/5
The crust was similar to that of the turnover; however, I actually found it to be even more flaky and rich. I also really enjoyed the filling, which had a nice bit of sweetness to help balance the saltiness of the crust.

Chicken Pie ($1.96):


3/5
The crust here is not the same as that of the turnover or roll: it was actually quite crunch and cookie-like, and was a bit sweet without any savoury flavour, which was a bit strange/off-putting for me as I didn’t feel that it paired well with the filling. I did enjoy the filling inside however: there was plenty of tender chicken, which was well-seasoned and flavourful.

I really enjoyed the pastries at St. Germaine. Their prices are relatively cheap, as is typical with most Asian bakeries. All in all, this is definitely a shop that I’d recommend visiting.

Summary:
Food: 3.5/5
Price: 3.5/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Curry Beef Turnover, BBQ Pork Roll
Saint Germain Bakery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Camellia Tea & Coffee

I’m a pretty impatient person. I get pretty bad cases of “bus rage” whenever I take public transit (which is literally everyday) and the bus is late and/or too full. My most recent instance occurred during my attempt to visit Camellia Tea & Coffee, a cafe/bakery located in Burnaby, not too far from Metrotown. To get there, I had to take the skytrain from Metrotown to the next stop, Royal Oak. Unfortunately, being the unlucky person that I am, I happened to go on the morning that the trains were apparently experiencing technical difficulties and were apparently running one lane, meaning that I had to wait about 20 minutes for a train to finally arrive. F***.

Fortunately, I did eventually manage to reach my destination, where I was greeted by a small display case of pretty-looking cakes and other desserts. I decided to get a selection of their cakes (London Fog Cheesecake, Berry Forest, Caramelized Almond Chocolate, Hazelnut Chocolate, Strawberry & Cranberry, and Black Sesame), as well as an Almond Croissant.

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Worth the wait

London Fog Cheesecake ($5.95):


4.5/5
This was served with a small side of cream and berry sauce. I loved the cake: the filling was smooth and creamy, with a wonderful tangy flavour as well as a great fragrance of Earl grey. It was the lighter, fluffier variety as opposed to the dense New York style. The berry sauce was a bit watery for my liking, but had a nice sweet and tangy flavour, while the cream was fresh and had a nice, mild sweetness.

Almond Croissant ($3.65):

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Almond Croissant

4/5
The croissant was tender, buttery, and quite flaky. The dough itself had a nice, slightly salty flavour while the almond paste inside was sweet and fragrant. It was not double-baked, and was hence, not as crispy, but still tasty.

Berry Forest Cake ($6.75):


4/5
This consisted of two thin layers of cake sandwiching custard and topped with berries. The cake itself is tender and moist, while the custard was light and mildly sweet. The berries had a nice tangy flavour and fragrance.

Caramelized Almond Chocolate Cake ($5.95):


3.5/5
This contained layers of chocolate cake sandwiching almond flavoured buttercream. The cake was quite tender and moist, with a nice bittersweet flavour. The buttercream was filled with nuts, and as very fragrant, but was a bit greasy. The candied nuts were fantastic however, and was crunchy with a fantastic fragrance.

Hazelnut Chocolate Cake ($6.25):


3.5/5
This consisted of layers of cake sandwiching hazelnut and chocolate flavoured frosting. The cake was very tender and moist, while the frosting had a nice fragrance of hazelnut as well as pieces of the nut mixed in. It was not overly artificial either, as can sometimes happen with hazelnut flavoured desserts. I did find the flavour to be just a bit one-note however; I personally could have done with a bit more chocolate to compliment the hazelnut.

Strawberry & Cranberry Cake ($4.95):


3.5/5
The cake itself was quite dense, but moist. The icing was a tad greasy, but had a nice fragrance of strawberries and a slight tanginess.

Black Sesame Cake ($5.50):


4/5
This consisted of layers of black sesame cake and icing. The cake was tender and moist, and had a great fragrance of sesame. It was not very sweet, but had a nice, nutty flavour from the sesame. This is a great dessert for someone wanting something a bit lighter.

In spite of the difficulties that I had reaching my destination, I have to say that the food at Camellia Tea & Coffee was worth the approximately 30 minute wait for the skytrain. Their prices are also fairly reasonable. This is a place that I’d definitely recommend checking out.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 4/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Croissant, Most of the cakes
Camellia Tea & Coffee Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

La Foret Bakery & Coffee

Continuing on through all the reviews that I’ve got piled up, I’ve recently paid a visit to La Foret, a an Asian-Western fusion style bakery/cafe that’s located a few blocks away from the Metrotown Skytrain station. In addition to pastries and sandwiches, they have a large display of very pretty cakes. During my visit, I purchased an assortment of their cakes (Hazelnut Cream, Earl Grey Mousse, Mocha Roll, Oreo Cheesecake, Double Chocolate, and Matcha Cream), Pizza Bread, and an Almond Croissant for my mom.

Hazelnut Cream Cake ($7):


3/5
This consisted of coffee flavoured cake sandwiching cream, and was coated some sort of hazelnut-flavoured icing. The cake itself was quite soft and moist; I did find the cream to be a bit greasy in texture. I was not a fan of the coating outside; although it did have a nice fragrance of hazelnut, it was also quite bland and had a weird gummy texture that I did not really care fo.

Earl Grey Mousse Cake ($7.50):


4/5
This was a dome of Earl Grey flavoured mousse sitting on a thin layer of plain sponge cake, and is decorated by a ring of whipped cream. The mousse was smooth and light, and was mildly sweet with a great flavour of Earl Grey. The cream was also fresh and light, with a nice sweetness.

Mocha Roll ($7):


4/5
This consisted of a coffee sponge cake that’s filled with coffee-flavoured cream. The cake was incredibly tender and moist and had a great fragrance. The mousse was light, had a great coffee flavour, as well as a nice bit of bitterness.

Double Chocolate Cake ($7):


4/5
This consisted of layers of chocolate cake sandwiching chocolate mousse, and was coverd in a layer of shiny chocolate frosting. The cake was very tender and moist, while the mousse was lucious and the surrounding coating of chocolate had a nice sweetness as well as cocoa flavour.

Oreo Cheesecake ($7):


4/5
This consisted of a cookies and cream flavoured cheesecake sitting on top of a thin layer of cake, and was decorated by miniature Oreo cookies. Although the cheesecake filling was quite soft, more like a mousse than a cheesecake, it was still creamy and quite tasty. The Oreo cookies had unfortunately gone soft, although they still did have a nice cookies and cream flavour.

Matcha Cream Cake ($7):


3.5/5
This consisted of layers of matcha flavoured cake sandwiching cream, and was coated in a layer of matcha-flavoured frosting. The cake itself was quite moist and tender, and had a mild green tea flavour. I don’t know what the style of frosting they use is called; although it does look pretty and glossy, it had quite a gummy texture that I personally did not care for. It did have a nice matcha fragrance however.

Pizza Bread ($3.50):


3.5/5
This was filled with onions and corn, and seemed to also contain some mayo and/or cheese as well as ketchup on top. Funny fact: I didn’t realise that the bread was enclosed in a cupcake liner and actually took a big bite out of the wrapper and was wondering why it tasted so grainy in some parts. Once I got the wrapper off, I found the bread was savory, fluffy and quite buttery. I quite enjoyed the fragrance from the onion. This was certainly tasty, though I don’t think it’s much better than the typical savoury bread you can get from Chinese/Asian style bakeries for a lesser price.

Almond Croissant ($4.25):

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Almond Croissant

N/A
My mom had this. She quite enjoyed it.

I’m glad to have checked out La Foret. The cakes weren’t spectacular, but still quite good in general. I did find their prices to be a tad on the higher side, though not outrageous (I don’t think that anything’s outrageous after 3 Quarters Full). While I’m not crazy about this place, I think it’s worth visiting if you’re near Metrotown.

Summary:
Food: 4/5
Price: 3/5
Service: N/A
Overall: 3.5/5
Recommendations: Most of the cakes, Almond Croissant
La Forêt Bakery & Coffee Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato